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Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry

Garfield County Libraries
Buried machinery in the Dust Bowl, May, 1936
U. S. Department of Agriculture |

Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry is a nationally traveling exhibit that features 20 colorful, illustrated panels about the Plains area before, during and after the Dust Bowl occurred. The exhibit will be on display from March 6 to April 17 at the Rifle Branch Library.

In celebration of the exhibit, the library will host a variety of events including:

Opening Reception

An opening reception of the exhibition will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, March 6. Copies of the book “The Worst Hard Time” will be available to book clubs and individuals for discussion.

Voices of the Dust Bowl

Join in a discussion led by Walter Gallacher of what life was like in the times of the Dust Bowl, at 6 p.m. Monday, March 9.

Friends of the Library Book Club:

Dust Bowl Edition

The Friends of the Rifle Branch Library will be discussing “The Worst Hard Time” by Timothy Egan at their book club at noon Tuesday, March 10. All are welcome to attend. Copies of the book are available at the library.

If it Rains: A Climate Perspective on the

Dust Bowl

Join Research Integration Specialist Jeff Lukas of Western Water Assessment at the University of Colorado-Boulder for a discussion on the evolution of the drought that caused the Dust Bowl. Jeff uses tree-ring records to get a longer perspective on the impact of drought in the West. This program will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, March 16.

Impact of Drought on Colorado &

the West

Professor of Environmental Studies Jason Neff will speak on the impact of drought in Colorado and the West. This program will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, March 30.

Screening of Ken Burn’s ‘The Dust Bowl’

Join us for a two-part screening of Ken Burns’ PBS documentary “The Dust Bowl.” Popcorn will be served. Part one will be held Monday, April 6, and part two will be held on Wednesday, April 8. Both will begin at 6 p.m.

Soup Supper & Film Discussion

Join Dr. David Ruffley, Professor of History at CMC’s Rifle Campus, to discuss Ken Burns’ documentary, “The Dust Bowl”, and the ramifications to our society and culture. Soup and bread will be served. This program will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, April 13.

All events will be held at the Rifle Branch Library at 207 East Ave. in Rifle. They are all free and open to the public. For more information call 970-625-3471.

Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry was developed by the American Library Association Public Programs Office in collaboration with the libraries of Oklahoma State University and Mount Holyoke College. The exhibition and tour were made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.


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